It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” — J.K. Rowling

If you have ever experienced failure, you know that it doesn’t feel good. It knocks your confidence, and can significantly affect your finances, relationships and your faith. Because it doesn’t feel good, we tend to view failure as a negative thing, so much so that the fear of failure can cause some people to never pursue their dreams. The way to handle failure is to stop thinking of it as a negative experience. Making mistakes and failing are essential to self-development, maturity and ultimately success.

We often look at people that we consider to be successful without looking at their failures with the same level of enthusiasm. We need to celebrate our failure just as much as our achievement. Our mistakes and failures literally shape our success.

Experience. First of all, if you failed at something, that means you stepped out and tried something. We’ve all heard the saying ‘practice makes perfect’. Think of failure as practice. The more you try, the better you get. The imperative thing is to learn from your failure and put your new knowledge into positive action.

Resilience. You may have failed, but you are not giving up. Developing resilience is crucial to success. Along with resilience comes confidence, belief and realistic expectations. Instead of allowing failure to overcome you, resilience will cause you to find the resolve to keep going.

Growth. Failure causes you to assess and reassess yourself, your situation and your experience. The time of reflection will allow you to have a different outlook and you will discover changes that need to be made. Failure puts you in a unique position. Use it as leverage to push you into your next phase.

 

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